FAQs

Please find answers to frequently asked questions regarding PaRD below.

The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) brings together members and partners from all over the world in order to harness the positive impact of religion and values in sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. PaRD aims at greater and institutionalized communication and coordination between secular and non-secular actors to contribute towards a more coherent and effective international agenda on religion and development.

Please refer to our mission statement and our partnership principles for a detailed explanation of PaRD and what we strive to achieve. For an overview of PaRD's structure, please find out about our members, learn about our partners, and visit our world map. For further information, please visit the news archive, sign up to the quarterly PaRD newsletter, and visit the knowledge center.

Currently, there are 16 members and 34 partners of PaRD.

For an overview, please click here to find out about our members, here to get an overview of our partners, and here to visit our world map.

Members are governmental and intergovernmental entities active in the field of religion and development and/or humanitarian assistance.

If you are interested in joining PaRD and your agency qualifies to become a member, please contact us.

If you are interested in joining PaRD as a civil society or non-governmental organisation, please find out about our partners and how to join as a partner.

Partners are civil society and non-governmental organisations such as religious and value-driven organisations, secular NGOs, community initiatives, foundations, academic institutions, and other relevant development organisations committed to the 2030 Agenda.

An overview of our current partners can be found here, while the application process to become a partner of PaRD is explained here.

PaRD is free to join. The key investment of our members and partners is their active participation in our global partnership.

PaRD brings together members and partners from all over the world in order to harness the positive impact of religion and values in sustainable development. It is free to join and free to use, but does not offer any kind of financing.

PaRD aims at greater and institutionalized communication and coordination between secular and non-secular actors, while fostering new synergies through cooperation of its members and partners. In addition, PaRD uses synergies with existing networks and initiatives to contribute towards a more coherent and effective international agenda on religion and development. As a results-driven partnership, PaRD focuses on joint activities in the following areas of cooperation:

  • Knowledge Sharing & Learning Exchange
  • Networking & Dialogue
  • Capacity Building
  • Policy Advice
  • Monitoring, Reviewing & Joint Learning

Please refer to our mission statement and our partnership principles for a detailed explanation of PaRD and what we strive to achieve.

The working programme is decided on during PaRD's annual meeting. Partners and members discuss issues and propose activities before the working programme is finalised by our members.

PaRD’s first annual meeting was held on October 17th-20th, 2016 in Abjua, Nigeria. In Abuja, members and partners agreed to work closely together in 4 areas of common interest:

  1. Peace, Security and Religion,
  2. Gender Equality and Empowerment,
  3. Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights, and 
  4. the cross-cutting issue of universal human rights and human dignity.

Please refer to our mission statement and our partnership principles for a detailed explanation of PaRD and what we strive to achieve.

The PaRD secretariat supports the members and partners in implementing the goals of PaRD and its working programme. The secretariat's offices are located at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Bonn and Berlin.

If you would like to contact the secretariat, please click here.